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A Japanese envoy off to mend trade fences

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY HILARY DEVRIES / February 11, 1981



Tokyo

Japan's foreign-trade representative, Saburo Okita, left on a tour aimed at easing economic tensions with China, the United States, and Western Europe. Mr. Okita traveled first to China to seek compensation for the cancellation of contracts worth $1.5 billion with Japanese companies. The former foreign minister will also visit Western Europe and the US, Japan's two main export targets.

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Meanwhile, Japanese oil negotiations in Tehran, Iran, have bogged down due to Iranian demands for advance payment of premiums, trade sources said